Monday, March 21, 2011

Voices of a People's History of the United States * Howard Zinn

"Voices" is a revelatory look at American history as seen through the voices of dissenters and the disenfranchised, presented through powerful speeches, letters, poetry and song...that, at its best, help change the course of history, and at worst, went unheard because the message ran counter to powerful interests. The book presents the views of unheard-of non-conformests, such as escaped slaves, extploited factory workers, subjugated women, and peace activits. The thoughts and words of conscientious objectors from Thomas Paine, Frederick Douglass, Susan B Anthoney to Malcome X, Woodie Guthrie and Patti Smith are presented. This book is a testimoney to those who have been suppressed throughout our history but also a wake-up call that we are not powerless. It is a lesson that it is possible for people to defend, secure and maintain their human rights and civil liberties.

Review by Catalytic Converter


  1. A wonderful book I recommend every American should read. "Voices" is a reminder the fight for justice, liberty and human dignity is never ending.

  2. Louis,

    As I read through the list of people you place forth I see no one who didn't become successful in their passions. I believe you would agree they reached their success through hard work and perseverance not, spray painting the hallways of state capitol building, disrupting legal proceedings or sitting on their duffs in the welfare line. Just a thought mind you.

    @Conservative Outrage

  3. Come on POPS, put down your rifle and go read the book. I am sure you can find the book at your library. By the way, the book you are currently reading is about the ultimate liberal. As you are well aware, Jesus was a champion of the poor and disadvantaged, something that is missing from the current crop of so called Christians.